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‘Real Housewives’ Stars Stiffed $60K in Rent Checks From Montville Home Tenant

Melissa and Joe Gorga looking to evict tenant who signed lease-to-purchase contract.

The Montville home of Melissa and Joe Gorga. Patch File Photo
The Montville home of Melissa and Joe Gorga. Patch File Photo

Co-stars of Bravo network’s hit reality series Real Housewives of New Jersey, Melissa and Joe Gorga, have lost tens of thousands of dollars in lease payments on their home and are looking to evict the current tenant.

The dailyrecord.com reported that the Gorgas are seeking an eviction of Kai Patterson, 54, who has been living in the couple’s 13,500-square-foot Montville home.

Joe Gorga had previously filed a landlord/tenant complaint against Patterson, saying he did not pay the $20,000 monthly rent since March. Patterson did not pay rent in May or June, and his April rent check bounced, the report said.

Sale of the home and the high-end housing market in New Jersey was a topic of discussion on the reality show in July 2013, when Melissa Gorga asked her real estate agent, Jerry Sahlman, why the home wasn't getting any bites at its list price of $3.8 million.

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"The reason is $3.8 million is not a small sum of money and the upper-end economy is a much slimmer market than it used to be," Sahlman said during the episode.

Patterson and Gorga struck a long-term lease-purchase agreement in August 2013.

Melissa Gorga said when the house was listed for sale, the family was mainly looking to move because of how close it had become with family member Teresa Giudice, also a cast member of Real Housewives of New Jersey. The relationship between the families had become strained, Gorga said.

The Gorga's planned on building a new home in Franklin Lakes when they listed the Montville home.

Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, were indicted last year on charges they defrauded lenders, illegally obtained mortgages and hid assets and income during a bankruptcy proceeding. In May, a Bergen County judge dismissed all charges against Teresa Giudice, saying she had no role in the alleged crimes.

Read more about the tenant complaint here. 

Concerned Berkeley Resident July 01, 2014 at 09:49 PM
And this is on the Berkeley Patch.......???? (Crickets......)
charlotte whitescarver July 02, 2014 at 06:43 AM
I had a tenant in my Hopatcong home that stiffed me out of more than 5K in rent and because of damages, almost caused me to lose insurance coverage. Seems the laws now are in favor of the tenant. I, by law, was not able to access the house without their consent!!!! Nobody gave me coverage. I hope nobody in Hopatcong made the same mistake I did and rented to them!!!
John Resciniti July 02, 2014 at 11:06 PM
They can afford it. More than that, who gives a rats ass about these two idiots losing a few bucks after making millions off of the idiots that watch their show.
Elizabeth Taylor July 10, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Maybe she can go back to dancing to recoup their losses
Bob Vey July 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Charlotte Whitescarver: You should name names so others are aware of this tenant. This way it may make it harder for them to rent in the future.

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